ST PETERSBURG, 25 June (BelTA) – Belarus will soon begin making import substitutes within the framework of joint projects with Russia. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement as he met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 25 June, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that during the meeting with Vladimir Putin he intended to discuss matters of economy among other things. “Import substitution is our traditional topic. We've suggested 15 major projects. The Russian side has approved them. You've supported us with regard to the joint funding of these projects. If everything goes the way we have planned, we will start making import substitutes soon,” he said.
“I mean the companies from unfriendly countries that used to supply products to us, to Russia and Belarus… We will be able to make our own products during this year and the next one,” the head of state added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also remarked he would like to discuss a number of specific issues in the area of economy with Vladimir Putin.